Presbyterian Church of the Good ShepherdCome and See!
810 West Florida Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
COME AND SEE!
We have two Sunday Service format: CAYA (Come As You Are) at 9:05 am in Fellowship Hall and a Traditional Service at 10:55 am in the Sanctuary. We live stream on Facebook at 10:55 am and broadcast on YouTube and website by 1:00 pm or sooner.
The Seasons of the Church
The Season of Ordinary Time we have just entered following the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, begins Christ’s ministry. When He goes to the River Jordan, John the Baptizer recognizes Him and engages him in conversation. When Jesus comes up out of the baptizmal waters, we hear the words of God, “And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” During our celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany, we rejoiced in the dawning and the arising of Light in darkness. The baptism of Christ calls the world to be witnesses to God’s true Light, Jesus. The timeless mystery of the incarnation, God in flesh, leads us forth to show and tell of Christ as God’s gift of grace and salvation for all persons. Some call this ongoing epiphany the work of Christmas.
This season of Ordinary Time, includes four to nine Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. It is called “ordinary” because its Sundays are given ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) after the Feast of Epiphany (January 6). It stands between the two great Christological cycles of Advent-Christmas- Epiphany and Lent-Easter-Pentecost. Its central theme is the calling of disciples and the early ministry of Jesus. The First Sunday focuses on the Baptism of Christ and the Last Sunday on the Transfiguration.
The Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd (USA) is a growing congregation. We gather together from across the Melbourne/Palm Bay area to witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. While some are lifelong Presbyterians, some come from other Christian traditions and backgrounds, or no religious background at all. We welcome the seeker, the devout, and the skeptic alike as we gather to learn, serve, and grow as disciples. We are confident you will find a way to experience and share God’s love at Good Shepherd. Come and See! Join Us!
“Serving God and His church with our time, talents and treasure.”
Actions speak louder than words! As Good Shepherds we reflect God’s love through the missions we choose to support. Click here for more information.
Thank you for visiting our website. As pastor of Good Shepherd, it is my hope that you will enjoy it as you learn more about our community of faith. Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Together, we are striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there is relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, compassionate care for those in need, and many opportunities to serve others. We strive to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can make a difference in our world today.
You are cordially invited to join us this coming Sunday as our church family gathers to draw near to God through Worship.
Yours in Christ,
Scripture for Sunday, February 18, 2024
New International Version
The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[a] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Genesis 9: 8-13
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
The Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd is hosting a community drive-thru food distribution for those in need on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon at the church parking lot, located at 810 West Florida Avenue in Melbourne. We will be distributing non-perishable foods and bread on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Reasons To Believe
Reasons To Believe, Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., “Session” conference room
Topic: At this meeting RTB Melbourne Chapter Member Ed Denman will present “The Biblical Earthquake record of Palestine”. He will examine the most significant seismic events from the 4000 year history of the Levant with emphasis on the 17 recorded in Scripture. This will include the Crucifixion event recorded in Matthew, the Mount of Olives active fault, and the Dead Sea sediment cores that recorded the event. Both Biblical and external records will be referenced. Ed holds degrees in Geology and Geophysics from Ga. State University and Ga. Tech and has completed extensive industry training through his career at EXXON and supplemental industry and collegiate courses. Now retired, Ed is a member of the RTB Melbourne, Florida chapter as well as the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne, Florida. After and during the presentation we will have some great discussion. Join us for some insightful conversation and learning.
The season of Lent is a time to pause and reflect on our lives as Christians. Our Lenten Bible Study will focus on the Psalms as we look at how these ancient hymns connect with our own lives and circumstances, our belief in God, and how they can awaken God’s Spirit in us. Please come join us in this journey on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Session Conference Room.
Every child has a story. God is dealing with every kid, regardless of how many times they come to church. Treat every Sunday like it is the only Sunday that some kid has. Did they hear about Jesus? Did they feel loved? Did someone ask about them? Nurture these precious children! Whether they are wee little ones or teenagers, we have programs for them all!
The Music Program
Good Shepherd held a Christmas Eve Service this year which was attended by congregants who observed all Covid protocols. It was a celebration that the church has every year. Everyone enjoyed the singing of carols, the ringing of the bells, the telling of the Christmas Story, and the camaraderie in the sanctuary.
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At the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd
Our mission is to help connect people to faith
A Shepherd leads, cares for, and loves his sheep. The sheep knows the voice of their shepherd, they follow him, and him alone. Even the lost lamb is found and carried in the loving arms of his caregiver. At the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd we listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ; we follow the will of our creator God; we are empowered to be obedient sheep through the Holy Spirit. Jesus commanded us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love one another as he has loved us. That’s our challenge – lead, care for, love, and bring home God’s children. We invite you to join us as we journey and grow in our community of obedient and loving sheep under the care of the Good Shepherd.
Sheep know the voice of their shepherd. If you would like to learn more about the language of sheep, click here. We watched part of this video in a sermon. Watch it all here! COME AND SEE! BAA, BAA, BAA!
Good News and Bad News
Sunday, February 18, 2024
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